Bangalore was called the “Garden City” and “Pensioners’ Paradise”. Today it’s no longer a garden city nor a paradise.
A couple of years back I had blogged about How to save petrol??? Increase traffic!!!. Today, it seems like someone has literally implemented my solution and saved petrol. But now I know I was WRONG! And so was the guy who implemented my proposal:-) Petrol was indeed saved… but who will save our lives!
The traffic in Bangalore is beyond redemption. There are choc-o-bloc traffic jams on every road. Nope… not a single road is spared. At any given time. Whats the reason behind all this traffic??? (Too much) People of course… Consider an analogy of your home. You and your family stay happily. Sometimes u have guests in your house… you treat them nicely… they stay for a couple of days… then they go back to their homes. All’s well. What would you do if the guests stayed longer? You would definitely lose your cool … right. A home can accommodate 5 people. You can adjust with 10 people. You can crib and stay with 15 people. But after that… you will ask them to go back to their houses. Fish and relatives stink after 3 days. That’s normal human behavior. Why not apply the same behavior on the scale of cities?
My proposal: VISA FOR BANGALORE.
The way we apply for visas when travelling abroad, the way we don’t stay abroad indefinitely without proper visas… the way you will be deported back to your country after visa expiration… in the same way… we need to have in place a process for obtaining visa if you want to come to Bangalore (or any city for that matter). Come visit Bangalore, do your job and go back to your home sweet home. (I am not against people who have already settled in Bangalore.) That way lots of problems can be addressed. This VISA thing is a genuine solution… there are technical & political challenges to implement it… but its well within our democratic values to execute such a solution… and in everyone’s interests.
And Bangalore will become a Garden City once again!